Chinese Hat and Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Feb 14, 2020 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up at Chinese Hat in Santiago Island. Some guests went for a pre-breakfast stretch class in the nearby beautiful sandy beach. After a delicious breakfast, we disembarked for a Zodiac ride, followed by a snorkeling session along the shore of Santiago Island. The great visibility today allowed us to see plenty of wildlife, including Galapagos penguins, sea lions, whitetip reef sharks, and many other species of fish.

In the afternoon while some guests went for a walk on Sullivan Bay’s lava flow, others took a second snorkeling opportunity in the hopes of seeing a group of penguins wandering along the coast. We ended the day on the sky deck of National Geographic Islander appreciating the sunset while wine tasting.

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Javier Carrion


Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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Joshua Vela

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Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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